The project will be implemented in Kamondoi primary School in Kuresoi south Sub-county of Nakuru County. Kamondoi primary School has a student population of about 40 students, 70% of whom are from the Ogiek Community. The Ogiek community is a listed minority group in Kenya. This minority group of Kenya is an endangered tribe for several reasons including: danger of being completely assimilated by two communities surrounding it, apparent relegation by both the national government of Kenya and the Nakuru County government. In fact currently the school is virtually cut off since the access road to the school is impassable. The Ogiek community would prefer to live in forests so as to collect honey and hunt wild animals for their survival. Unfortunately for them, the government has banned settlements in forests. This tribe understands less on farming, business enterprises and educational matters. For some times now they have been like fish out of water after the ban on forest settlements. Prominent, educated people among the Ogiek in political, social and economic spheres are scarce and far apart. For now, their future can only be secured through education.
The Ogiek community has few primary schools that serve them for now: The former was started recently. The government has allocated little educational resources to these schools, partly because the community cannot politically push through one of their own to actively advocate for their rights. Subsequently, Kamondoi primary School has makeshift building, with most classrooms made of rotting timber, no floor, improvised furniture in bad state, has no wall and roofs incompletely. The fact that the school has about 40 students is a testimony that the community is yearning for education.
Quality education is enhanced by several factors including beautiful buildings, well-kept flowers, well fenced off compound and comfortable furniture. Kamondoi primary school currently does not have the capacity to afford all this. There is need to supplement government effort in order to provide students from such a minority tribe with quality education since noticeable differences on literacy exist among school going children of Kamondoi primary school and those of other regions in the same County of Nakuru in Kenya. This results from socio-economic issues touching on their families. These include poverty, poor health, inadequate instruction, and poor literacy. All this contribute to low educational attainment, frustrations and inability by children to pursue any career in life. More than 85% of the Ogiek community members are unemployed, semi-literate or illiterate, making them unable to contribute significantly to infrastructural development in Kamondoi primary school. Government allocation is not enough to make meaningful development in the school. Therefore, donor funding would be the only option.
Kamondoi primary school requires 8 new, comfortable classrooms erected to give it a facelift that motivates students to learn.
The proposed programme does directly target student achievement through improved learning environment resulting from improved infrastructural development. The programme is intended to supplement government effort in the promotion of education for the at risk primary school going children of the marginalized Ogiek group of Kuresoi south Sub-county of Nakuru County, Kenya.